One question we get asked a bunch at Brilliant Event Planning is how brides can best preserve their wedding bouquets. Some clients may choose to go with a professional service to flash freeze their bouquets, while other brides opt for at-home methods. Brilliant Event Planning shares their advice on choosing the perfect method.
There are several advantages to choosing to flash freeze your bouquet. This method, while time-consuming, leaves your flowers looking as fresh as the day you carried them down the aisle. The freezing process done by a professional typically takes about two weeks time, but can take longer if you purchase a mounting or display package. This option starts at a cost of about $200, and can run up to as much as $500 depending on the mounting package. Once deciding to go with the flash freezing method, professionals recommend sending your bouquet in immediately after the wedding day. In order to ensure the freshest possible flowers, arrangements for your bouquet to be flash frozen should be made in advance of the wedding date. If you are not able to deliver your bouquet to be frozen immediately after the wedding date, cut an inch off of all the stems and place your flowers in the refrigerator until you can deliver them to the freezing service.
For our clients, we recommend our favorite company to use for professionally freezing our brides’ bouquets: Freeze Frame It!
Hiring a service to flash freeze your bouquet has the benefit of having trained professionals product you’re sure to love! The drawback is that this option can become costly quickly. For crafty brides on a budget, we suggest DIY preserving with silica gel. While the traditional method has long been to air dry flowers, this often leaves bouquets turning brown and brittle, with little resemblance to their original beauty. With the silica gel method, your bouquet will look good as new! All you’ll need to get started is a large box, Activa Silica Gel, and your bouquet! Check out the full tutorial here.